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AAC Training for Paraeducators: Teaching Literacy webinar

Date: April 16, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:30

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Heidi Brislin, OTR/L & AT Specialistinternet 991

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Contact: e-mail Sue Wright at the SETC office to register, wrightsu@cwu.edu


Reading and writing are undeniably essential to literacy instruction for students without disabilities and is without question part of their daily instruction.  In order for student’s with disabilities to develop as readers and writers, daily instruction is equally, if not more important. In this session, participants will learn learn to use Alternative Pencils to teach writing skills to students with complex needs. Participants will also learn how to adapt books to increase opportunities for students to interact with print books, as well as exploring resources for free digital books.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to describe how to use Alternative Pencils to teach a student authentic writing.

2. Participants will be able to describe how to make two different types of adapted books.

3. Participants will be able to locate free digital text resources to support student’s reading goals    


Heidi Brislin, OTR/L, AT Specialist

Heidi is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist in the North Kitsap School District supporting students in Kingston and Poulsbo, WA. She has worked in the schools for 15 years and has supported students who range in age from 3-21. Over the past 4 years, Heidi has worked to develop the Assistive Technology Augmentative Alternative Communication team for her district. Prior to working in the schools, Heidi worked in a variety of adult in and out patient rehab settings. She graduated from Boston University with her Bachelor of Science degree in OT and received her Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Washington. Heidi is passionate about helping teams provide authentic learning opportunities for all students, including improving literacy opportunities and skills, switch access, powered mobility and helping students become autonomous communicators using augmentative alternative communication tools.

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